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Old 19-11-2019, 20:46   #1
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Vancouver marine salvage yards

Hello guys and girls. Iím brand new to this forum. And have been looking around for a steel cruiser monohull project in the Vancouver bc area for a while now. Iíve come a cross a 39ft folks thatís missing itís entire rig after a bridge miscalculation... Iím wondering if anyone could give me some direction or alternatives regarding a couple of things.

1) possible suitable and easily sourced used transplant mast/rigging options. I donít have a ton of funds but earn a decent living. I have access to welding equipment and have a few good fabricator buddies for the tricky bits like masthead mods and mast step mods Iím prepared to spend a season or two refitting the prospect boat on the hard.I am also aware of the enormity of this project. Iím happy to do it in stages as funds become available.

2) where should I look for used rigs eg (salvage yards in my area or abroad.) and how would I get it to the marina from there?

Oh also my preference is for a cutter rig or something easy to reduce sail short handed. Plan to use the boat for extended offshore passages ultimately.

Would love to get away with $10000-15000 spent on rig parts and materials. Excuse my ignorance if that is impossible.
Any help appreciated.
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Old 19-11-2019, 21:06   #2
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The mast you want I see is advertised on Portland Craigslist for a $1000. Sure its bound to need some modification and new stainless steel rigging but I am sure you can get out of it for less than $15,000.
Not sure of the logistics but maybe you can motor to Hayden Island and pick it up?
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Found it! Thank you. That’s the kind of thing I’d be looking for. I plan to replace all standing rigging as you suggested anyway so I’d be able to trust what’s what.
Once installed would having sails tailored to the mast and rig be advised? Or is there common suitable donors for those to? I plan to keep it for the long term if that changes anything.
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New sails are nice but there are plenty of used sails advertised on Craigslist. Sails are easy to ship so their location is not a big deal. I started with old sails and have been slowly replacing them with new ones.
I found you a Facnor Furler for a 40 footer for $450 on Seattle Craigslist as well.
It would be cool if you could fix that mast up then motor your yacht around and get it put in place?
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Great this has given me an idea of whatís out there if I venture into the USA. It would be great if I could motor from Vancouver Canada to Portland without a secondary propulsion etc. I wouldnít trust a motor Iím unfamiliar with for that journey though.
I was speaking with a welder friend and he suggested cutting it in half and trailering it home to then be sleeved back together at a later date. Iíll check that against having it trucked over here. Or finding something close to my prospective boatyard. Still just spitballing for ideas right now but thank you for setting me on the right path.
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Old 20-11-2019, 09:53   #6
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Re: Vancouver marine salvage yards

Wander around Shelter Island and Captain's Cove. I bet there are some abandoned rigs lying around that they'll be happy to get rid of.

DONíT try motoring tp Portland without a mast. It would be uncomfortable to the point of being dangerous.

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Old 20-11-2019, 09:57   #7
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I know I'm late to the party, but this place has a TON of masts. https://sailboatwreckingyard.com/

They are also reasonably close to Vancouver, BC, being just across the US Border. You could call him up. The guy is a bit of a... character... was a used car salesman before he started this line of work, and he gets most of his boats free from marinas that hauled and impounded or salvaged the boats or they were abandoned. Many of the boats he gets he literally just rips apart for the bits, and sells the lead in the keels.
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Re: Vancouver marine salvage yards

Last time I was in Shelter Island (about a year ago) there was an area with many, many masts. Whether they belonged to boats or not I don't know. But it's certainly worth a phone call. Good luck!
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Definitely give Sailboat Wreaking yard in Lynden Wa. a call.
Lots of great stuff.
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Definitely give Sailboat Wreaking yard in Lynden Wa. a call.
Lots of great stuff.
I third this recommendation, I picked up a rudder from him a few years ago. just watch out for prices, the dude literally was a used car salesman and you can tell in his sales manner - otherwise nice fellow and he knows what he has and what he may have coming up. definitely drop him a line and let him know what you are looking for.
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Lynden yard

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/b...002412746.html
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Lots of masts on eBay.
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If you are likely to be short handed, stick with a sloop rig. Compared with a cutter rig, it's less running rigging than a cutter, one less sail to repair/replace, generally easier to balance with a self-steer wind vane, and when it comes to anchoring, that bowsprit on a cutter rig is often times a pain to deal with due to: the limited space to drop and pull the anchor between the whisker stays and bobstay for the bowsprit; when the bow wants to wander while at anchor, chaffing of the anchor rode on the stays requires keeping something like a pvc tube around the bobstay; when the wind pipes up, anchor rodes should not ride off of the bowsprit because they transfer much of the load on & off to the forward stay & aft stay mast tangs and the deck/hull attachments need to be built to take the strain of an anchor rode, this requiring transferring on & off of a bridle with anti-chafe and secured to deck bits & extra sturdy cleats. Cutters are romantically pretty and all, but add additional work and wear. I know, because I own one.
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